August 9-13 and 23-27, 2019
Jonathan Blaustein and Jessie Kaufman invite you to our 60 acre, stream-front horse farm at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, just outside Taos, New Mexico.
We’ve designed a cutting-edge photo retreat program, in which you’ll have the opportunity to push your craft, and recharge your creativity.
Over the course of 5 days and 4 nights, you’ll have individual and group critiques with our world class photo faculty, eat meals with your colleagues and instructors each day, hang out by a bonfire at night under the stars, lounge in hot springs along the Rio Grande River, and much more.
Camping on the property, and 3 meals a day, are included with the cost of your tuition, so this is a social experience, as well as an educational one.
We’ll go hiking to Williams Lake, 11,000 feet above sea level, and photograph along the rim of Rio Grande Gorge, 650 feet above the roaring rapids.
There will be barbecues, of course, and fresh produce from the Taos Farmer’s Market.
Our educational programming includes private tutoring by our faculty, with collective expertise in fine art, editorial and documentary photography, book design, custom printing, writing, teaching, collecting, curating, filmmaking, and philanthropy.
During free time, you can sit on a rock beside the stream and listen to the sound of the Rio Hondo rushing by. Or maybe you’d rather fall asleep in a hammock with the sun on your hair?
Basically, we’ve designed an Antidote to your stressful, urban, freelance lifestyle.
If you’re accepted into the program, (there is no application fee,) by the time you leave, you’ll feel refreshed, energized, and ready to charge into your next big idea.
For more information, please apply through the website, or you can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Caleb Cain Marcus
Scott B. Davis
Anne Wilkes Tucker
“Within the first few seconds of visiting the Antidote website, viewing the video, and listening to Jonathan talk about this retreat, I knew I would have to apply to it. It offered the perfect mix of professional development, portfolio reviews, vacation, and networking; all in the beautiful landscape of New Mexico. Both Jonathan and Jessie opened up their home to us and provided us with space to camp, eat, read, and drink much needed cups of coffee.
There is absolutely no portfolio review or retreat that I know of that offers the same degree of access to photography professionals (and collectors) of this caliber. I wholeheartedly recommend this retreat for any photographer looking for an opportunity to spend a long weekend completely immersed in their work, as well as that of their fellow students.”
–Matthew C., 2017 Participant
“Jonathan Blaustein is a damn good cook! I mean, really, damn good. He’s that cook that has a recipe down, many I’m assuming, and can just play with cooking. He loves it, it is loved and one can feel this when he shares his cooking with you. I have witnessed this, experienced this; and so, it really is no surprise that when it came to cooking up an amazing photo retreat, Jonathan did so with the same love and natural abilities he applies throughout the kitchen, his photography, his family and the classroom. Antidote is a dish created by a true lover of art, people and life. It is a dish I will gladly order again and I suggest you do the same if you are lucky enough to find it on your menu.
I found Antidote quite by accident. Or, Antidote found me quite by accident. Either way, it was a lucky turn of events for my craft as it profoundly changed my connection to the work and others who truly share the love of photography. The setting is a no brainer, really; Taos New Mexico is a charming and mysterious land for art, adventure and life itself – it can and will change you – which is why so many great artistic adventure-ites chose this magical place to begin with. Add this to an amazing faculty of diverse professionals working through photography in all aspects and you have the foundation for a very special event indeed.
There is no one thing I can point to that made this retreat so special – and to me, that’s because so much of Antidote’s success hinged within it’s so very well rounded capabilities and challenges, professionally – socially – artistically .
Big thanks to everyone, EVERYONE!, what a treat to be with everyone involved and to be involved.
Sign me up for A2 please.”
–Jason M., 2017 Participant
“My favorite part of Antidote is difficult to choose as there were so many great aspects of the retreat. The people, the food, the camaraderie etc. I would have to say out of everything, I got the most out of the review process. I really appreciated the opportunity to meet with the reviewers and the opportunity to get feedback from each of their perspectives and areas of expertise. I also enjoyed getting to view and give feedback on the work of my fellow attendees and your students.
On a scale of 1-10, I would rate my experience a 10.
The whole experience exceeded my expectations. I did not expect to learn as much as I did and I felt really welcomed and valued. I was super nervous coming out to Antidote not ever having participated a photo review or anything like this. It was well worth the trip!!
There was not anything that failed to meet my expectations.
I feel Antidote delivered on the promises made on the website and during my interview.
I really felt each of the teachers was effective and I learned something different from each one.”
–Jessica P., 2017 Participant
“It is rare to be in an environment where you can have lengthy, frank conversations with influential people in the photography world without being constrained by time or industry protocol. Antidote was a remarkable experience because it did just this: provide an opportunity to have in-depth conversations with guest faculty that are almost impossible to have in a traditional portfolio review setting. If you choose to go, you are in for a treat. Everything from the hike up to Taos mountain country to the delicious home-cooked meals to the stimulating discussions was remarkable. I would highly recommend this experience to any photographer – whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been at it for years.”
–Gabriel E., 2017 Participant
“For me, Antidote meant trading in New York City subway commutes for morning walks in the hills and arroyos outside of Taos. It meant starting the day off with a fresh cup of coffee and spending an hour looking at photo books before anybody else even stirred awake. Days were filled with introspection, conversation and critical exchange. Nights were charming: redolent with the aroma of desert air and the comforts of good food, music and fellowship. Antidote will linger in your heart and mind long after you’ve come back home. Your spirit will rejoice. Your photographic practice will bloom.”
–Jaime Permuth, 2018 Faculty
“Overall, Antidote was far better than I ever expected. I would say that Session 1 was a perfect blending of all aspects of the Antidote experience; location, food, faculty, students and hiking. The faculty was first and foremost the core of the experience, and having the time to interact with the faculty both formally and informally was ideal. My fellow students were a joy as well, it seemed like we all blended together well as a group of faculty and students, all learning from each other. I came away feeling like I had made some lasting connections with all who were there.
Initially I didn’t know what to expect, since I had never been on a retreat of this kind. I have been at workshops geared towards photographing, and am attending one geared toward printing, but those are more specific. This was a structure of contemplating and questioning, to go further in a more introspective way. I think if you arrive open and willing you have a far greater chance to soar. Session 1 felt like we all arrived in the same way, making it a truly memorable experience for all.
I am confident everyone who attended feels this way.
The food was awesome, and I really enjoyed being able to contribute. The glamping aspect of accommodations was very comfortable. Taos is a great location that only added to the experience. All the day trips were great, it seemed a good structure building to crescendo with Rio Grande and the hot springs, my favorite of the three.”
–David O, 2018 participant
“From the first conversation I had with Jon about attending Antidote I knew I wanted to go. The idea that one could step away from the stresses usually associated with review processes was of course appealing, and doing it under the wide New Mexico sky with great food and mentors, who are movers and shakers, at the top of their game in the photo field, was impossible to resist. The chance to come together as a community of peers and to have a chance to really connect was just what I was looking for even though I had not articulated it to myself so clearly.
The experience of being there was exactly as promised and then some. Everything was really perfect from the setting and the chance to awaken in the desert next to a bubbly stream, to the camaraderie between photographers and mentors alike. I really appreciated the balance of intense review time with people who truly cared and had so much to offer in helping me understand and further develop my work,a huge long term project, but as well the time to hike and see the beautiful landscape. My favorite day was spent floating for some magical hours in hot springs with a handful of new friends. Like Bogart says at the end of Casablanca as he and Renault walk off into the fog together, “…I think the is the beginning of a beautiful relationship.”
–Hillary J, 2018 participant
Schedule (subject to change)
4-6pm: Students arrive
6-9pm: Dinner & campfire
9am-12pm: Individual 30 minute portfolio reviews
1-5pm: Taos Ski Valley/Williams Lake Hike
5-6pm: Free time
6-9pm: Dinner & campfire
9am-12pm: Group critique
1-3pm: Gorge Bridge & West Rim Trail
3-6pm: Free time
6-9pm: Dinner & campfire
9am-12pm: Hotsprings and Rio Grande swim
1-4pm: Instructor lectures
4-6pm: Free time
6-9pm: Dinner & campfire
10am: Students depart
Jonathan Blaustein is available for private teaching via video chat, phone call, one-on-one meetings, or group workshops. He consults with clients about various aspects of the photography industry, including photo book publishing, project development, artist statements, photo and text editing, and career mentorship.
Please contact him directly at email@example.com to learn more about his rates, and working with him directly.
You can read some testimonials from his consulting clients here:
“I first engaged Jonathan at the beginning of a new long term body of work, which has evolved into my first photographic book. From the beginning, he asked challenging questions about my intentions and vision for the work. Certainly, based on the photographs I showed him at the time, he had reason to wonder where I was going to take it. There is often a distance between where our work is in reality, what is conveying to others, and how we as photographers ourselves view the work.
Jonathan has clarity of vision and thought, a deep background, and a wide range of references and insights to articulate just how to bridge this gap. He sees the big picture, yet can talk about the particulars of the medium as a working artist himself, which I think is a unique place to be coming from. I am grateful for his strategic thinking, friendship and support through the years.”
–Andy R., Consulting Client
“I originally met Jonathan at Photo NOLA 2014. As a reviewer, he stood out as being particularly engaged, and not afraid to debate the pros and cons of my work. The twenty minutes went by much too quickly. Sometime after the event, I learned that Jonathan would do phone consultations with individual photographers. His fee was reasonable and I knew he would be honest.
He began by asking what I wanted to get out of my photography career and he used this information to steer the rest of the conversation. A professional teacher, Jonathan challenged me on several levels and made a number of interesting points that I hadn’t considered fully up to that point.
While Jonathan is very positive by nature, and will gladly point out and acknowledge what he sees as the important strengths in one’s practice, he is also not going to conduct a pep rally during the consult. The best reviews at this level are the ones that come with incisive and objective critiques mixed in with positive comments and I felt that Jonathan excelled on all counts. I definitely came out of this experience with a number of new ideas and concepts to think about and feel that this was one of the best investments I’ve made in my photography practice.”
–Ben M., Consulting Client
“I met Jonathan a couple years ago at a time when I was having difficulties with my personal and professional work. I’ve called on Jonathan when I’ve gotten stuck, or had questions pertaining to showcasing my work or business concerns. Jonathan has challenged me, and his insights have been invaluable to the progression of my new and ongoing projects. I truly appreciate both Jonathan’s perspective and guidance, and am looking forward to developing our relationship.”
–Andre A., Consulting Client
“If you are ready to work hard, to listen with an open mind and put in the time to develop as an artist, Jonathan is the kind of person to help you get there. I needed help and was stuck in a place that was not serving my writing attempts with my project statements. Jonathan was able to pull out the things I feared to say, to give me courage to step outside of the norm, and to understand that a simple and honest approach is the direct path to the heart of one’s project. Jonathan is the sole reason my work went to the next level, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with such a professional. The time spent with him was better than any therapy session one could ask for.”
Adriene H, Consulting client
“I first met Jonathan at the Medium Portfolio review. We had a good conversation, and while I don’t think he particularly liked my work at the time, I got some honest, critical feedback. A year later I reached out to him and told him how my project had evolved and casually mentioned how I wanted to make a book and we began working together via email and phone calls. He helped me over the next few months make a stronger edit of my work, develop contacts and also find my voice in my own work. He was always super honest, energized, and very giving of his time and efforts. I could not have asked for a better ally.
Two years after our initial meeting, almost to the exact date, I was on press printing my book with a world renowned publisher. I can honestly say that Jonathan was instrumental in making this happen and guided me throughout the entire process. I feel so grateful and appreciative to have been able to work with him and have such an amazing outcome to show for it as well.”
Rohina H, Consulting Client